Types of Pipes

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If you’re thinking about making some improvements to your home, seriously consider updating your pipes. This is a great way to enhance your property’s value and prevent costly repairs in the future. Let’s take a look at the main types of pipes.

Copper Pipes

Many experienced plumbers highly recommend copper pipes. What makes copper so great? For starters, it’s incredibly durable. While the lifespan of copper pipes varies, they can last for 50 years before replacement is needed. Unlike some other materials, copper is very resistant to corrosion. This means you won’t have to worry about experiencing problems like rust. Because copper pipes typically maintain a tight fit, leaks are also far less likely to occur. Although copper is an excellent plumbing material, homeowners can expect it to be more expensive than some other options.

Galvanized Steel Pipes

Once the king of pipes, galvanized steel has become far less popular. While galvanized steel is quite durable, it’s prone to internal rusting. Not only are leaks likely to develop at some point, but you also may encounter low water pressure. Even worse, corroded galvanized steel can cause lead to be released into the water. Lead exposure can seriously jeopardize your family’s health. Typically, many homes built before 1960 used galvanized steel pipes.

PVC Pipes

Many people like the affordability of PVC plumbing pipes. These types of pipes are can also withstand high water pressure, which makes them great for toilet systems. Rust will be a non-issue. However, PVC plumbing pipes may not be able to withstand boiling hot water. The elevated temperatures will eventually cause warping. PVC can also degrade when exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods. This is why PVC is best used indoors.

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